I think I officially decided I want to be a dentist when I was in middle school going into high school. That was the time I was getting my braces on. And when you're getting your braces on, you go to the dentist every so often. You see the staffs, the doctor. And that's when I really just started getting my foot in the door and fell in love with what they were doing. They seem so happy-go-lucky. So then once I went through high school into college, that's when I got more experienced into shadowing and seeing what it really was like. And that's when I knew it was for me.
Well, I'm from Florida. I went to college at University of Florida in Gainesville. I majored in microbiology. Through that time, I always knew I was going to go to dental school somewhere. I always was shadowing in the dental offices and the college of dentistry, University of Florida. That's when I fell in love with it. I got lucky enough to stay at University of Florida for my dental career. I was really close to my family, so that was a really great thing for us. I just learned so much through that. I was really familiar with the staff and faculty through my undergrad experience as well because I shadowed and I got to know them. So that really made the transition a lot better for me.
I think the most rewarding is working in tandem with the patient to delivering on their goals, educating them, figuring out how to affect their compliance, and even changing things on a day-to-day basis. Getting rid of their cavities, putting in a filling could really change someone's outlook and their confidence. And I think that's one of the best things of dentistry thus far.
Dr. Constantine Granatosky recently joined the West Valley Dental team alongside Dr. Kuzi Hsue. He received his bachelor’s degree in microbiology from the University of Florida and his Doctor of Dental Medicine (DMD) from the University of Florida College of Dentistry. Like Dr. Hsue and our entire team, he has a passion for offering exceptional yet affordable dental care and treating our patients like unique individuals. When he’s not helping to improve our patients’ smiles and lives, he enjoys traveling, hiking, swimming, and playing violin.